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The Incarceration of Captain Nebula and Other Lost Futures

Mike Resnick

In his long and storied career, Mike Resnick has won all of science fiction's most prestigious awards. He has won the Nebula, the Hugo, and numerous readers' awards. He has won the Japanese Hugo, as well as major awards in Spain, France, Poland and Croatia.

The Incarceration of Captain Nebula and Other Lost Futures focuses on Mike's most recent award-winners and nominees with the exception of heartbreaking 'The Last Dog,' Mike s very first award-winning short story and his multi-award-winning classic 'Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge.'

From examinations of life and death to questions of eternity, Mike's short fiction explores the range of the human experience--even though his characters include dogs, robots and aliens.

This collection has everything to appeal to the most devoted Mike Resnick fan, including a never-before-seen-in-print novella, 'Six Blind Men And An Alien.' The story, set in Africa like so many of Mike's award-winners, is one of his most spectacular works to date.

The Incarceration of Captain Nebula and Other Lost Futures shows why Mike Resnick is one of science fiction's most treasured writers--and one of its most beloved.

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Captain Future and the Space Emperor

Captain Future: Book 1

Edmond Hamilton

When genius scientist Roger Newton, his wife Elaine, and his fellow scientist Simon Wright leave planet Earth to do research in an isolated laboratory on the moon, and to escape the predations of Victor Corvo (originally: Victor Kaslan), a criminal politician who wished to use Newton's inventions for his own gain. Simon's body is old and diseased and Roger enables him to continue doing research by transplanting his healthy brain into an artificial case (originally immobile--carried around by Grag--later equipped with lifter units). Working together, the two scientists create an intelligent robot called Grag, and an android with shape-shifting abilities called Otho. One day, Corvo arrives on the moon and murders the Newtons; but before he can reap the fruits of his atrocity, Corvo and his killers are in turn slain by Grag and Otho.

The deaths of the Newtons leave their son, Curtis, to be raised by the unlikely trio of Otho, Grag, and Simon Wright. Under their tutelage, Curtis grows up to be a brilliant scientist and as strong and fast as any champion athlete. He also grows up with a strong sense of responsibility and hopes to use his scientific skills to help people. With that goal in his mind, he calls himself Captain Future; Simon, Otho and Grag are referred to as the Futuremen in subsequent stories. Other recurring characters in the series are the old space marshal Ezra Gurney, the beautiful Planet Patrol agent Joan Randall (who provides a love interest for Curtis), and James Carthew, President of the Solar System whose office is in New York City and who calls upon Future in extreme need.

This novel is included in "The Collected Captain Future: Volume One".

Calling Captain Future

Captain Future: Book 2

Edmond Hamilton

Curtis Newton, the Wizard of Science, and His Trio of Futuremen Blaze a Trail Across the Stars to Forestall the Coup of Dr. Zarro-Leader of a Legion of Peril!

This novel is included in "The Collected Captain Future: Volume One".

Captain Future's Challenge

Captain Future: Book 3

Edmond Hamilton

Striking terror on four worlds, a mysterious raider throttles interplanetary commerce--and Earth summons Curtis Newton, the Wizard of Science, and his trio of Futuremen to combat this sinister menace....

This novel is included in "The Collected Captain Future: Volume One".

The Triumph of Captain Future

Captain Future: Book 4

Edmond Hamilton

In the fantastic city of eternal youth, captain future is trapped by the master of evil.

ELIXIR OF EVIL

They Called him the Life-Lord and the deadly milk-white elixir that his syndicate pushed was called Lifewater.

As promised, Lifewater brought youth to the old. Women who were losing their once cherished beauty, en who were losing their strength gave their life's savings for a vial of the magic substance. What they did not know was that the powerful brew could cause sudden and violent death.

As the fatal youth epidemic spreads throughout the Solar System, Captain Future battles with time and danger to save his fellow beings from doom - only to find himself trapped in a master fiend's plot to conquer the solar system.

This novel is included in "The Collected Captain Future: Volume One".

Captain Future and the Seven Space Stones

Captain Future: Book 5

Edmond Hamilton

Curt Newton, Spacefarer, and the Futuremen Take Off on the Most Thrilling Treasure-Hunt of All Time in Quest of the Solar System's Greatest Prize!

This short story is included in the collection, The Collected Captain Future: Man of Tomorrow, Volume Two (2010), Edmond Hamilton

It first appeared in the Winter, 1941 issue of Captain Future magazine, available free on Internet Archives.

Star Trail to Glory

Captain Future: Book 6

Edmond Hamilton

Follow Curt Newton and the Futuremen Along a Multi Million Miles of Stellar Speedway as They Streak Around the System in Their Greatest Race for Justice!

This novel is included in "The Collected Captain Future: Volume Two".

This novel was originally published in Spring 1941 edition of Captain Future Magazine.

The Magician of Mars

Captain Future: Book 7

Edmond Hamilton

Renegades of Nine Worlds Crush Out from Inter planetary Prison in a Weird Quest for Phantom Treasure! Follow the Futuremen as the Greatest Feud of All Time Catapults Them into the Fifth Dimension,

This short story is included in the collection, The Collected Captain Future: Man of Tomorrow, Volume Two (2010), Edmond Hamilton

It first appeared in the summer, 1941 Issue of Captain Future magazine, available free on Internet Archives.

The Lost World of Time

Captain Future: Book 8

Edmond Hamilton

The Futuremen Race into the Past to Answer a Cry for Help that Has Traveled Across a Hundred Mil lion Years! Follow Captain Future as the Greatest Enigma of All Time Transports Him into the Forgotten Ages...

This novel was originally published in Fall 1941 editionCaptain Future Magazine.

It is also contained in the collection The Collected Captain Future: Volume Two.

Quest Beyond the Stars

Captain Future: Book 9

Edmond Hamilton

Ride with Curt Newton, The World's Greatest Space Farer, and the Futuremen as They Leave the Known Star Trails to Penetrate the Source of Cosmic Rays, the Very Core of the Universe!...

This novel was originally published in Fall 1941 edition of Captain Future Magazine.

This novel is included in "The Collected Captain Future: Volume Three"

Outlaws of the Moon

Captain Future: Book 10

Edmond Hamilton

Curt Newton Leads the Valiant Futuremen in the Thrilling Fight to Preserve a Priceless Lunar Heritage! Follow the World's Greatest Space-Farer, Captain Future, as He Embarks on the Most Perilous Exploits of His Career....

This novel is included in the collection, The Collected Captain Future: Man of Tomorrow, Volume Three (2010).

It first appeared in the spring, 1942 Issue of Captain Future magazine.

The Comet Kings

Captain Future: Book 11

Edmond Hamilton

Trapped in the Depths of Halley's Comet, the Futuremen Battle Fourth-Dimensional Monsters in a Titanic Struggle to Save the System's Solar Energy!....

This novel is included in the collection, The Collected Captain Future: Man of Tomorrow, Volume Three (2010).

It first appeared in the summer, 1942 Issue of Captain Future magazine.

Planets in Peril

Captain Future: Book 12

Edmond Hamilton

Through an Unguessable Abyss Fraught with Peril, Curt Newton and the Futuremen Set Out to Save the Remnants of a Great Civilization from Destruction!

This novel is included in the collection, The Collected Captain Future: Man of Tomorrow, Volume Three (2010).

It first appeared in the fall, 1942 Issue of Captain Future magazine.

The Face of the Deep

Captain Future: Book 13

Edmond Hamilton

Carried Far Outside the Solar System, and Wrecked on a Volcanic Planetoid in Company with a Shipload of Condemned Criminals, Captain Future Faces the Supreme Test of His Courage!....

It first appeared in the winter, 1943 Issue of Captain Future magazine.

To download a free copy of this magazine;

  • Go to Luminist Perodical Archives
  • Scroll down to or search for Captain Future
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Worlds to Come

Captain Future: Book 14

Brett Sterling

Captain Future and His Valiant Aides Speed to the Rescue of the Sagittarian System-Ready to Lock in Mortal Combat with Deadly Enemies from Another Dimension!...

William Morrison authored this novels under pseudonym Brett Sterling.

It first appeared in the spring, 1943 Issue of Captain Future magazine.

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The Star of Dread

Captain Future: Book 15

Brett Sterling

The World's Greatest Space-Farers Battle to Expose a Dangerous Secret Menacing Mankind and Face Desperate Risks as They Pursue Two Scheming Miscreants Across the Void!..

Edmond Hamilton authored this novels under pseudonym Brett Sterling.

It first appeared in the summer, 1943 Issue of Captain Future magazine.

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Magic Moon

Captain Future: Book 16

Brett Sterling

A Cruel Plot to Seize the Satellite Styx, Third Moon of Pluto, and Enslave Peaceful Natives, Sends Captain Future and His Loyal Aides Out on the Most Dangerous Adventure of Their Careers!

Edmond Hamilton authored this novels under pseudonym Brett Sterling.

It first appeared in the Winter, 1944 Issue of Captain Future magazine.

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  • Go to Luminist Perodical Archives
  • Scroll down to or search for Captain Future
  • Click on the blue highlight of the above issue, and you follow the intructions for downloading a PDF copy.

The Tenth Planet

Captain Future: Book 17

Brett Sterling

Four Powerful Factions Work at Cosmic Cross Purposes in a Game of System-wide Stakes As Curt New ton and His Staunch Comrades Set Out to Create a Brand New Planet to Add to the Family of the Sun! ...

William Morrison authored this novels under pseudonym Brett Sterling.

It first appeared in the Spinrg, 1944 Issue of Captain Future magazine.

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  • Go to Luminist Perodical Archives
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Red Sun of Danger

Captain Future: Book 18

Edmond Hamilton

One million years back in the swirling, shrouded past, evil ultra-beings ruled the Planet Roo. Suddenly, unbelievably, they are alive again, threatening the universe with total destruction. Only one man dares challenge the Evil Ones. He is Captain Future, inter-galactic agent of justice, whose identity is top secret, whose strength is ultimate. He sets out alone to stop the deathless menace creeping ever closer...

Outlaw World

Captain Future: Book 19

Edmond Hamilton

On the trail of malevolent space pirates, Curt Newton and the Futuremen combat the evil machinations of the Uranian Ru Ghur, who plans the total destruction of the Universe!...

It first appeared in the Winter, 1945/46 Issue of Starting Stories magazine.

The Solar Invasion

Captain Future: Book 20

Manly Wade Wellman

Curt Newton, Joan Randall and the Futuremen cruise into a strange world peopled with weird, pallid inhabitants, on the quest of a lost satellite which was mysteriously plucked from the sky!...

This novel first appeared in the Fall, 1946 Issue of Startling Stories magazine.

The Return of Captain Future

Captain Future: Book 21

Edmond Hamilton

Curtis Newton, the Man of Tomorrow, and his inseparable comrades clash in fierce combat against Mankind's deadliest enemy-the Linid!

This novel first appeared in the January, 1950 Issue of Startling Stories magazine.

To download a free copy of this magazine;

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The Collected Captain Future: Volume One

Collected Captain Future: Book 1

Edmond Hamilton

Here is a letter, attributed to Standard Magazines editor Leo Margulies, sent to science fiction fanzine editors in 1939. This text is from Bob Tucker's classic fanzine Le Zombie (vol. 2, No. 4, Oct 28, 1939)

"Dear Mr. Tucker,

Can there be anything new in scientifiction? We say yes -- and offer CAPTAIN FUTURE. Fellows, CAPTAIN FUTURE is tops in scientifantasy! A brand new book-length magazine novel devoted exclusively to a star-studded quartet of the most glamorous characters in the Universe. And the most colorful planeteer in the Solar System to lead them -- CAPTAIN FUTURE. You'll find Captain Future the man of Tomorrow! His adventures will appear in each & every issue of the magazine that bears his name.

He ought to be good. We spent months planning the character, breathing the fire of life into him. For we feel that the man who controls the destinies of nine planets has to be good. But don't take our word for it -- get your first copy of CAPTAIN FUTURE the day it hits the newstands and marvel at the wizard of science as he does his stuff on every thrilling page.

You'll find Captain Future the most dynamic space-farer the cosmos has ever seen. A super-man who uses the forces of super-science so that you will believe in them. You'll see Captain Future's space craft, the Comet spurting thru the ether with such hurricane fury you'll think Edmond Hamilton, the author, has hurled you on a comet's tail.

And you'll agree that Captain Future's inhuman cavalcade -- the Futuremen -- supplement the world's seven wonders. There's Grag, the metal robot; Otho, the synthetic android; and Simon Wright, the living brain. A galaxy of the ultimate immortal forces!

So come on....give the most scintillating magazine ever to appear on the scientifiction horizon the once over. You'll be telling us, as we tell you now, that CAPTAIN FUTURE represents fantasy at it's unbeatable best.

CAPTAIN FUTURE will appear at all newsstands in a few weeks. Price, 15 cents. First issue features Edmond Hamilton's novel, CAPTAIN FUTURE AND THE SPACE EMPEROR. Cover by Rozen. Illustrations by Wesso. Short stories by Eric Frank Russell and O. Sarri. Brand new departments -- THE WORLDS OF TOMORROW, THE FUTUREMEN, UNDER OBSERVATION, and THE MARCH OF SCIENCE.

That's all.

--Leo Margulies"

Table of Contents:

The Collected Captain Future: Volume Two

Collected Captain Future: Book 2

Edmond Hamilton

Table of Contets:

The Collected Captain Future: Man of Tomorrow, Volume Three

Collected Captain Future: Book 3

Edmond Hamilton

This is a mega-collection of four complete novels of the Man of Tomorrow, the Wizard of Science, the protector of the Solar System, and a menace to evil-doers throughout the universe: CAPTAIN FUTURE!

Contents

Also includes many letters, essays and illustrations.

The Death of Captain Future

Near Space

Allen Steele

Hugo Award winning and Nebula Award nominated novella. It originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, October 1995. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirteenth Annual Collection (1996), edited by Gardner Dozois, The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century (2001), edited by Harry Turtledove and Martin H. Greenberg and The Space Opera Renaissance (2006), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. It is included in the collection Sex and Violence in Zero-G (1999).